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groovedaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-08 12:10 PM
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States Restore Voting Rights for Ex-Convicts
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Striding across a sweltering strip-mall parking lot with her clipboard in hand, Monica Bell, a community field organizer in Orlando, Fla., was looking for former convicts to add to the states voter rolls.

Antonious Benton, a gold-toothed 22-year-old with a silver skull-shaped belt buckle, a laconic smile and a criminal record, was the first person she approached.

I cant vote because I got three felonies, Mr. Benton told Ms. Bell. He had finished a six-month sentence for possession of $600 worth of crack cocaine, he said. But Ms. Bell had good news for him: The Florida Legislature and Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican, changed the rules last year to restore the voting rights of about 112,000 former convicts.

After you go to prison you do your time and they still take all your rights away, Mr. Benton said as he filled out a form to register. You cant get a job. You cant vote. You cant do nothing even 10 or 20 years later. You dont feel like a citizen. You dont even feel human.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/us/politics/14felony....
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